We timed our arrival in Lafayette, LA, to coincide with the 28th Annual Festival International de Louisiane*. This is the third time we have attended this Festival which occupies much of the city’s activity for five days.
The largest outdoor, free Francophone event in the U.S., the Festival places special emphasis on highlighting the connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world. We have been introduced to several new performers during our attendance—Suroît, from the Magdalene Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence; Bodh’aktan, from Quebec; and two groups this year—one from New Orleans and one from Prince Edward Island.
Today, we cover the “local” group—Tuba Skinny.
This is not to say that the music was funereal, because I enjoyed every note of Erika's and the musicians'.
Their first appearance showed such an intense interpretation of the city’s music that we caught a second performance the next day.
“Even if we have a really big schedule of shows, Tuba Skinny always try to find time to play on the street, no matter where we are. Being a performer in general, and travelling and making a spectacle of yourself, definitely allows for conversations about all sorts of things with strangers. But being a street performer makes that conversation even greater because playing on the street you talk to all walks of life. I’ve definitely realized a lot by travelling and playing this music in other countries. I’m really lucky to be a part of this project.”
*The Festival was held about two weeks ago, but our blog entries are usually about that far behind our actual whereabouts.